Category Archives: What Do I Know About First Impressions

What Do I Know About First Impressions? Way of the Cobalt Soul and Oath of the Open Sea (Critical RoLe/D&D Beyond)

Recently two subclasses appeared on D&D Beyond, The Way of the Cobalt Soul for the Monk, and the Oath of the Open Sea for the Paladin. Both subclasses are connected to Critical Role, based on mechanics that Matthew Mercer has been tinkering with in the campaign, with two of his players. Unlike the Bloodhunter, an entire class which debuted in

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Scarred lands Creature Collections (5e OGL)

I have many weaknesses when it comes to RPG products, but one thing you will never hear me say is “there are too many monster books.” I love collections of various creatures from which I can draw inspiration. No, I don’t think I’ll ever use every single creature in one of these collections, but having access to them just kind

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What DO I Know About First Impressions? The Wagadu Chronicles (OGL 5E+)

A few months back, I saw the preview art for the Wagadu setting, an Afrofantasy setting by Twin Drums. The artwork was beautiful and evocative, so I signed up to get notification when the project went live. Apparently I wasn’t paying attention when I signed up, because the project is even more ambitious than I thought it was. Not only

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A Cold Read of Cold-Hearted Killer (Icewind Dale Rime of the Frost Maiden Spoilers)

Spoilers for Icewind Dale Rime of the Frost Maiden. Because I made a mistake and gave the cleric a 3rd 1st level spell, I’m threading an alternate universe version of the encounter under the narrative where it diverges. Don’t you love alternate universe stories? Because there has been some discussion about it, I decided to try out the tough mission

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Iconic Villains: Non-Player Characters (Star Trek Adventures)

I’m having a ton of fun with my Star Trek Adventures campaign, so I’m looking about just about everything that comes out for the game. It seems like the Enterprise Player Characters release just happened (it did), but now we’ve got another “characters” product, this time called Iconic Villains: Non-Player Characters. This is “kind of” a first impression article, but

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? MechWarrior Destiny (Cue System)

When I first started playing RPGs, where you bought your RPG material heavily influenced what games you were exposed to. Dungeons & Dragons made it into toy stores and book stores, and many “second-tier” TSR releases followed D&D into book stores, but some corners of the hobby only existed in specialty stores. The first two RPGs that I played were

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Unearthed Arcana 2020 Subclasses Part 4 (D&D 5e)

Time for another round of first impressions with the release of a new Unearthed Arcana today. Press play on your MP3 of Alice Cooper’s “I Love the Dead,” because that’s kind of the theme of today’s offerings, with two new subclasses that deal with spirits from beyond. In this case, the subclasses are for bards and warlocks. The College of

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